December 2020

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ARTICLES

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Mali’s Songhoy Blues vs. the Grim Reaper

November 24, 2020
How guitarist Garba Touré and his band of refugees fled for their lives and found salvation in rocking, psychedelic desert blues—and made their new album, Optimisme, with producer Matt Sweeney.
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Hooked: Kenny Wayne Shepherd on Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Child (Slight Return)"

November 24, 2020
The platinum-selling blues rocker highlights the Electric Ladyland hit's innovative wah work and swaggering groove.
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Mike Campbell Rides Again

November 19, 2020
Unbridled from duties as string-slinger extraordinaire for the Heartbreakers and Fleetwood Mac, the wild gator partakes of rock’s rowdier joys with his own band the Dirty Knobs.
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Brad Paisley

Fender Announces the Brad Paisley Signature Esquire

November 17, 2020
A new iteration on the classic Esquire formula that adds in a "secret" pickup.
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Tash Sultana Hooked

Hooked: Tash Sultana's on John Mayer's "Slow Dancing in a Burning Room"

November 17, 2020
The Aussie looping marvel celebrates the Continuum hit that sparked a switch from Teles to Strats.
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The Saga of the Linda Ronstadt Deluxe

November 15, 2020
How a not-so-special silver-panel amp was transformed into solid gold.
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Fender Releases New Line of Acoustic Amps

November 13, 2020
The Acoustic Junior, Acoustic Junior Go, and Acoustic SFX II features generous output power, studio-grade effects, lightweight plywood cabinets, a 60-second looper and more.
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Logo Advice from a Living Legend

November 8, 2020
For starters, says Hamer Guitars cofounder Jol Dantzig, avoid stock typeface at all costs.
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Reader Guitar of the Month: A Strat Comes Full Circle

November 5, 2020
A Hendrix fan details the journey of his first real guitar, a 1972 Fender Strat that he modded, returned to spec, and is now enjoying again in quarantine.
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"Sometimes I Feel Pedals Are More the Instrument Than the Guitar Is"

October 29, 2020
When she’s not rocking out with Iggy Pop, Sarah Lipstate calls upon a staggering collection of stompboxes to orchestrate sophisticated soundscape arrangements under her nom de plectrum, Noveller.
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First Look: Fender Brent Mason Telecaster

October 26, 2020
B-bender, mini-bucker, and copious switching options make this session master's signature Telecaster a twanging tone chameleon.
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Rig Rundown: Deep Sea Diver's Jessica Dobson

October 14, 2020
“Strangled cat" and "glassy Jonny Greenwood” are just two attitudes the former Beck and Shins sidewoman engages in her band’s adventurous indie-rock.
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Fender American Professional II Strat

First Look: Fender American Professional II Stratocaster

October 13, 2020
The world’s most iconic electric evolves again—this time with a roasted pine body, contoured heel, rolled fretboard edges, and more articulate pickups.
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Rig Rundown: Division of Laura Lee

October 7, 2020
Swedish post-hardcore guitarists Per Stålberg and Viktor Lager show off gear inspired by heroes J Mascis, Sonic Youth, Radiohead, Drive Like Jehu, and … Ace Frehley.
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John Osborne Hooked Hendrix

Hooked: John Osborne on Jimi Hendrix's "Little Wing"

October 6, 2020
Certified guitar geek and half of the country-rock guitar attack in Brothers Osborne remembers how SRV introduced him to Hendrix, expanding his 6-string aspirations from '90s teenage angst.
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Fender Unveils Updated Troy Van Leeuwen Jazzmaster

October 6, 2020
Updates include personalized features including 1960s and 1970s-style design cues, a maple neck with block inlays, special switching, and an upgraded bridge.
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Fender MTG Tube Tremolo: The Premier Guitar Review

October 6, 2020
A toneful trembler packed with vintage tics and new tricks.
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Fender Custom Shop Releases Master Built George Harrison "Rocky" Stratocaster

October 1, 2020
The guitar is known for several iconic appearances including the live performance of “All You Need Is Love” on Our World, the very first global satellite TV program.
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Hooked: Taylor Goldsmith on Dire Straits' "Sultans of Swing"

September 29, 2020
Mark Knopfler taught the Dawes bandleader everything he needs to know about dynamics and the expressiveness of the Strat.
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Fender Unveils the H.E.R. Signature Stratocaster

September 22, 2020
The guitar houses Vintage Noiseless pickups, a 1-ply anodized aluminum pickguard, and an alder body finished in Chrome Glow inspired by her favorite nail polish color.
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